the EEP evaluation process.
TAG chair neil Bemment, Paignton Zoo
Environmental Park, Paignton, The
united Kingdom; TAG vice chair Tjerk
ter Meulen, Apenheul Primate Park,
Apeldoorn, The netherlands
The EAZA Old World Monkey (OWM) TAG held
a midyear meeting of its Core Group members
at the EAZA Office on 23 March 2011. Tjerk ter
Meulen (Apenheul Primate Park, The Netherlands)
was confirmed as vice chair of the OWMTAG
along with Matt Hartley (Zoo Wildlife Solutions
Ltd) as an additional veterinary advisor. A
number of operational issues were reviewed and
institutions holding non-recommended capuchin
species and a lack of space available for the two
programme species, particularly the yellow breasted
capuchin. The revision of the Cebid RCP may assist
with this, but efforts will be made to encourage a
change to the programme species.
A new programme has been proposed for the
bearded saki (currently held in Colchester and
Belfast). At the moment numbers of bearded
sakis are very small and Belfast will maintain a
monitoring role. They are also investigating the
potential to further this species among EAZA
institutions through liaising with other regions.
Issues with diets in the Cebid TAG species have
been raised. The TAG is talking to the EAZA
nutrition group about defining these issues and
establishing some research to deal with them.
The Cebid TAG is also looking into ongoing issues
with the effectiveness of contraceptives in Cebid
TAG species. Collecting and collating data on the
use and effectiveness of products is essential to allow
informed decisions on product use. The European
Group for Zoo Animal Contraception (EGZAC)
will be a useful tool in helping us deal with this.
Towards the end of 2011 the EEP evaluation
process was completed for all the Cebid TAG
EEPs. Action points stemming from the
evaluation process will be decided upon in the
coming year and added to the year plan.
Strong conservation links are already in
place for the titi monkeys, capuchins and
woolly monkeys. Links with ALPZA are being
explored to see if involvement in other projects
can be furthered through the TAG. A list of projects
currently supported by the TAG and potential
projects will be compiled in the coming year.
This will then be made available to institutions to
encourage more participation in conservation of the
Cebid TAG species.
The TAG action plan for the coming years is:
programme managers, especially those new to the
capuchin species in particular;
potential projects for zoos to become involved in;
Group re: identification of dietary issues;
different species that are in the RCP;
findings of a
Mixed exhibits of
old world Monkeys
have now been
collated into a